My latest quilt completed this year was a bit of a labour of love.
I have always been fascinated with the designs of Anton Gaudi and found a book of (copyright free designs) tile designs which were popular in his period in Barcelona when encaustic tiles were just being created.
Using the technique I use in my Opulent Overlay workshop which involves quilting a design first and then painting the pattern.
I spent many hours quilting and painting - sometimes in the garden which was lovely.
First I had to audition colours
I was really lucky to work with my friends at Kraftkolour who had developed these beautiful Gems Fabric Paints . These are an opaque metallic fabric paint made without plasticisers which leave a really beautiful hand to the fabric
It's a very relaxing techniques and although I was always worrying about spilling paint - I didn't.
When the quilt was finished it needed blocking and here is Peter spraying it with water before pinning it to foam tiles. This technique was a great discovery and made blocking so much easier.
Here is a detail of some of the painting
Here is the quilt hanging at the Sydney Quilt Show. It didn't win any prizes but I really enjoyed the journey of creating it and have another in my head already